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Pasaje La Defensa

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Address: Defensa 1179 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Family home from the 1800's now housing shops - an architectural jewel worth visiting when you are in San Telmo.

I stumbled onto this restored mansion turned shopping gallery and loved it. You will see some of the photos of this historic home. The Pasaje La Defensa was the home of the... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2015
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Forster, Australia
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

There was so much going on today. We started at San Telmo, with the huge markets along Defensia, and spilling out into adjoining streets and arcades. Some great live music, then, ss we wandered back towards our hotel, we found a fiesta at Mayo. A great day.

Thank Michael S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2015

I stumbled onto this restored mansion turned shopping gallery and loved it. You will see some of the photos of this historic home. The Pasaje La Defensa was the home of the Ezeiza family. This is how wealthy Argentinians lived. The house was built in 1880 and is an example of the typical large house in San Telmo, it is... More 

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Liberty, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2014

When you're tired of monuments and museums, this street (on Sundays only, I believe) has over a mile of booths of handmade items and antique shops with all levels of collectibles from Lalique chandeliers to car hood ornaments. Great way to spend an afternoon, even for my husband.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2013

This is one of my favorite places in San Telmo. One of those where you can escape from the loud streets of Buenos Aires and enjoy some relaxed moments exploring the different workshops where locals make and sell handcrafted things and drink some cup of coffee after in a bohemic atmosphere. Especially I recommend to visit Patio Ezeiza cafe on... More 

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2012

I love visiting this place which used to be one big house belonging to a very rich family and was then divided up into small flats for immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century. It's full of small shops now but has the original floors etc.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

There is no entry fee or rush to look around this old mansion. It is a nice break from the avenida Defensa crowds. Although the mansion lacks an extensive interpretive story most guide books and the BA provided historical poster gives a brief explanation to the layout. Make sure to walk upstairs and poke all around.

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San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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